Yesterday, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor suggested that we should call a special election and let the voters of california make a decision on if increasing taxes is OK. Can California, or any organization, have an election where the majority acts in the best interest of the State even when this action might personally affect the majority in a negative way? This is exactly what needs to be done. Unnecessary programs need to be cut, services need to be reduced, inefficiencies need to be eliminated, and benefits need to be slashed. Taxes do NOT need to be raised! All of these actions require State employees to be relocated and retrained to become more efficient and in some cases to be eliminated. Merit bases systems to eliminated the waste are essential to making sure the state, county and local governments work in the most efficient streamlined system to provide the necessary services to the taxpayers of California.
Furthermore asking the people to make a decision is always tainted and the following questions arise.
- Will the people of california take the time to read the full text and understand the real effects of tax increases? Or will it be business as usual where decisions are made based on ads from union groups and special interests that stretch the truth and sometimes flat out lie?
- Is it right to let the majority to vote taxes on the minority?
- Can the people of California make a truly informed decision or are they to lazy to read the sample ballot?
- Will the proposition description and title in the Sample ballot be written in an unbiased way? Simply stating the facts and nothing more?
The answer to all these questions is clear. No, No, No. The Voters of California rarely get unbiased and truthful information from the media and television ads. Many voters in california do not read the full text of why they are voting for and only find out the true effects of the vote after there vote has been cast.
On a side note, if we constantly have to spend millions of dollars on special elections why do we have legislators? If they cannot hash these difficult issues out they why do we bother wasting our time to elect them? We could have a direct democracy where the people vote on all issues.
Going to the voters to solve our budget problem is NOT an option. The Governor, the Assembly and the Senate including all parties have to get together and hash this out. if they have to spend all day and all night to solve it they they must. They got us into this and they need to get us out!